Productions

Prime Time
A samplimg of EFC's prime-time productions with selected video on demand (VOD)

STUDS TERKEL: Listening to America (VOD)
Studs Terkel

 

Armed with only a tape recorder, Studs Terkel, the famed Chicago-based radio interviewer and Pulitzer Prize author, spent more than half a century at the eye of the storm, painting a picture of America through the voices of its people. In this one-hour HBO television special, viewers will experience the warmth and vigor of  Terkel as he recalls the hopes, dreams, struggles and defeats of celebrated and non-celebrated Americans from steelworkers to star performers, musicians, gangsters, politicians and hookers.

 

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WHO KILLED THE FEDERAL THEATRE? (VOD)

Fed Theatre Poster
Born in 1935, killed by an act of Congress, the U.S. government's Federal Theatre Project brought live entertainment, political ideas and creative innovation to millions of Americans. Along the way, it launched the careers of such talents as Orson Welles, John Houseman, Katherine Dunham and Jules Dassin and nurtured such name actors as E.G. Marshall, Joseph Cotton, Arlene Francis and Burt Lancaster. Premiering on public television in the fall of 2003, this 90-minute documentary, narrated by Judd Hirsch, examines Federal Theatre's glory and struggle as it blossomed and then shattered in the buzzsaw of the late 1930's politics.

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OFF LIMITS


The growing conflict between what employers feel they have a right to know and what employees feel they have a right to keep private is the subject of this provocative one-hour PBS television special. Hosted and narrated by National Public Radio correspondant Scott Simon, the program reveals how private employers, under pressure to control costs and create a productive workforce, are redefining the boundaries of workers' privacy, while employees are learning that health and life style are as crucial to getting and holding a job as skills and performance.

 

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HARRY HOPKINS: At FDR's Side (VOD)


Harry Hopkins

Throughout the Depression and World War II, Harry Hopkins was president Franklin D. Roosevelt's closest and most controversial friend and advisor. This ninety-minute biography, introduced and narrated by Walter Cronkite, examines the crucial role played by Hopkins as he worked to rescue the nation and the world, often representing the president whose physical handicaps restricted him. The story follows Hopkins' personal and public life, including his courageous struggle to keep a debilitating disease from interfering with his commitment to serve the president and the nation.

 

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THE ODYSSEY OF JOHN DOS PASSOS (VOD)

This one-hour television special captures the life of author John Dos Passos, father of the modern novel. Narrated by journalist Robin MacNeil, the program features the voice of Willam Hurt as Dos Passos, and presents excerpts from the author's most celebrated works, including USA, ThreeSoldiers and Manhattan Transfer.

 

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THE MARSHALL PLAN: Against the Odds


Following the end of World War II, Europe was rescued from economic collapse by a few far sighted men and women in the United States and abroad who designed and implemented the program that came to be known as the Marshall Plan. This one-hour television special was produced by EFC in cooperation with Christianson Associates. Narrated by Roger Mudd, it features interviews with men and women who participated in the Marshall plan, both U.S. and European officials and individual Europeans who were saved by this visionary program. The production was broadcast by PBS in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan.

 

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OUT OF TIME (VOD

This award-winning one-hour children's special was produced by EFC as part of the NBC Television Network's After- School Specials. It is a rollicking adventure tale of two youngsters who go back in time to find the true story of a long ago relative who disappeared under strange circumstances and whose reputation was wrongfully tarnished. The one-hour film was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional support provided by NBC.

 

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TRAITOR IN MY HOUSE


Traitor in My House

During the Civil War, an aristocratic Richmond woman, Elizabeth Van Lew, became a valued spy for the North, helping captured Union soldiers to escape from prison, hiding them in her home and getting them safely aboard the "underground railway" to the North. This one-hour PBS/Wonderworks children's drama tells the Van Lew story through the eyes of her 12-year-old niece and ward who is caught between the values of her peers and what she discovers about her aunt's dangerous and arguably traitorous activities.

 

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POWERHOUSE (VOD)


A group of mischievous teenagers from an inner-city recreation center take on crime-solving adventures that also communicate useful lessons for life. The 16-part series of half-hour programs was broadcast for several seasons on PBS followed by a repeated run on the Nickelodeon Channel. Competition, friendship, gender roles, risk and disabilities were among the themes explored. For information on obtaining series or individual programs contact Bill Barnhart at billits@msn.com

 

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FOOTSTEPS


Footsteps
A thirty-part television project funded by the U.S. Office of Education and produced by the Educational Film Center with Applied Management Sciences and the University of Maryland's Institute for Child Study. This series of dramatic and documentary programs provides parents of young children with information and support meeting the needs of the changing nuclear family. FOOTSTEPS deals with such subjects as Discipline, Step-Parenting, Child Abuse, Handicaps, Sibling Rivalry, Creativity and Preparation for School. Each program is hosted by nationally known celebrity parents, such as Mike & Judy Farrell and Rob Reiner and Penny Marshall. The series is a complete educational package and is supported by print materials in English and Spanish for parents, teachers and community groups.

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BROADCAST TELECOURSES FOR COLLEGE CREDIT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
A sampling of EFC's education productions with selected video on demand (VOD)


DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA (VOD)


This lively 15-part, 30-minute documentary series features contemporary and historical stories,Bush from MTV's Rock the Vote campaign to the controversial presidential election of 2000, illuminating the practical and theoretical functioning of American government. A professional development course for high school teachers, the series takes the "dryness" out of high school civics by focusing on stories about individuals and organizations whose participation in public and private life made a difference.

 

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ECONOMICS U$A: 21st Century Edition (VOD)


EconU$A NewThe 21st Century has seen America on an economic roller coaster ride from boom to bust. Economics U$A is a 28-part telecourse in micro and macro economics that features many of America's leading businessmen, politicians and economists as they expose the inside story behind airline safety and deregulation, Microsoft and monopoly power, the Great Depression, the economic effects of global warming, the budget deficit, and many more of America's most explosive economic events. The series is supported by a faculty guide, a study guide, a website and a newly revised textbook being distributed anew by Annenberg Learner
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INSIDE THE GLOBAL ECONOMY (VOD)


Never before, in the history of humankind, has the world's economy been so integrated and interdependant. Since the end of World War II, the US has been a major sponsor and guarantor of free trade and the mutitude of multinational agencies, which has characterized the new spirit of economic growth and international cooperation. Inside the Global Economy is a 13-part college-level telecourse funded by the Annenberg/CPB Project and produced by EFC in cooperation with ABC-TV Australia, Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, The Teleac Foundation of the Netherlands and JL Producciones in Chile. The series integrates the perspectives of leading international economists and policy experts around the globe to provide students with a rare glimpse of international economics and its effect on people around the world. The 13 half-hour television programs are supported by a faculty guide, a website and a text book.

 

 

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THE WORLD OF CHEMISTRY (VOD)
World of Chemistry

Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffman hosts this exploration of chemistry as a vibrant science propelled by an ongoing questioning of the nature of matter. Twenty-six half-hour documentaries plus textbook, study guide and lab manual made this series one of the most popular college telecourses distributed by the Annenberg/CPB Project.

 

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IN SEARCH OF THE NOVEL(VOD)


NovelAn eight-part series of television-based workshops including eight one-hour programs, a teacher's guide and a website produced for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and distributed by the Annenberg/CPB Channel in the Spring of 2000. Featuring teachers, novelists, and novels such as Frankenstein, Song of Solomon, Great Expectations, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Lesson Before Dying, A Bridge to Teribithia, and Flowers for Algernon, and provides interesting perspectives by demonstrating innovative teaching strategies to teachers of middle to senior high school, engaged in the study the novel.

 

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REACTIONS IN CHEMISTRY

ChemistrytReactionsAn eight-part, video based, series of workshops for high school teachers, illustrating a variety of approaches and strategies for engaging students in the study and exploration of chemistry. The workshops feature innovative experiments, lesson plans, field trips and homework assignments. The series also includes a number of short documentaries, factoids and interviews with leading industrial, research and field chemists.

 

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EXPLORING THE WORLD OF MUSIC (VOD)


World of MusicA thirteen-part series of half-hour television programs feature musicians and ethno-musicologists from around the globe. The series also serves as an undergraduate telecourse in music theory, introducing students to such basic musical elements as melody, harmony, rhythm and timbre. Narrated by Fritz Weaver, the programs features performers like Pete Seeger and Josh Redmond. Exploring the World of Music is being distributed by the Annenberg/CPB Project and can be seen on the Annenberg Channel and PBS in the United States and on other channels in countries around the world.

 

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NON-BROADCAST VIDEO FOR INFORMATION, EDUCATION AND TRAINING
A sampling of EFC's productions with selected video on demand (VOD)


CALLED TO SERVE (VOD)

Called to Serve“Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom.” These words launch an extraordinary tribute to the millions of uniformed women who have served in the nation’s defense, from the American Revolution to today. Left out of the history books for far too long, these patriots come to life as we document the landmarks that mark the dramatic journey from exclusion to today’s military where women make up fifteen percent of the Corps. This fifteen-minute video was produced for the Women in Military Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

 

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I AM CLEVELAND PARK

Washington DC has always had its bedroom communities, but few have withstood the test of time ClevelandParkas well as the urban village, Cleveland Park. This thirty-minute video, available on DVD, reveals how one historic community grew to maturity and learned to use the power of citizen action to preserve itself -- to stop a freeway that would have fractured the neighborhood, to halt high-rise commercial development, and to save its vanishing “village greens.” For communities facing similar challenges, the story offers guidance to the tools of effective citizen action: engagement, organization, education, research, and strategic action designed to meet specific threats, from all-out resistance to managed accommodation. Copies may be obtained onllne at CPHSPresident@ClevelandParkHistoricalSociety.org

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LIVE FROM THE PAST (VOD)
Live From the Past

From the front pages and files of The New York Times come news stories of the 20th century. Realized in twenty-five 15-minute videos for high school students the series features stories on desegregation, woman suffrage, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, the Holocaust and Vietnam. Each program contains footage of actual historical events, speeches made by great national and international figures and exclusive commentary by New York Times journalists who wrote of these pivotal moments in the American century. The series is distributed by The New York Times and includes a printed issue of the stories written by featured journalists.

 

 

THE SECRET TO CHANGE: by Millie Jeffrey


Millie JeffreyWhen President Bill Clinton presented the Presidential Medal of Honor to Mildred Jeffrey, the citation read: "For more than 60 years, from the days of the Great Depression to today's unprecedented economic expansion, Mildred Jeffrey has helped working men and women break down barriers to social and economic justice." A beloved leader in the Labor Movement, Civil Rights Movement and Women's Movement, Millie tells her own dramatic story in this 38-minute documentary, offering advice along the way on what it takes to bring about social change.

 

 

Legacies of Social ChangeLEGACIES OF SOCIAL CHANGE: 100 Years of Professional Social Work in the US(VOD)

For more than one hundred years, professional and non-professional men and women in the field of social work have fought for the rights of the poor, the handicapped, the disenfranchised in all classes of American society. They have helped to establish the everyday privileges we take for granted: Social Security, the 40-hour work week, child labor laws, civil rights. Their names have been immortalized in the battles won and the battles lost. Jane Adams, Mary Richmond, E. Franklin Frazier, Harry Hopkins, Frances Perkins, Jane Hoey, Dell Anderson, Whitney Young, Ana Dumois are but a few whose stories will be remembered in this two-part, fifty-minute doumentary history.

 

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WHO KIWHo Killed ServiceLLED SERVICE?


In a parody of the 1930's detective movies, the son of the reknowned Private Eye, Sam Spade, is hired by the CEO of a service dependent company to uncover which employee must take the most responsibility for having wrecked the company's business. This 15-minute training video and its sequel were designed by EFC for SIGMA SYSTEMS to be used in a workshop setting to sensitize and instruct employees who come in contact with the buying public to the many ways poor service can make or break the success of their firm.

 

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MATHEMATICS: Modeling our World GEOMETRY/ALGEBRA/CALCULUS (VOD)


Mathematics
Not everyone will become a mathematician, but everyone needs to understand and apply mathematics in real life. For the
Consortium on Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), EFC has produced a series of short videos for high school students founded on the principle that mathematics is a necessary tool for comprehending the physical and social worlds in which we live. Each series is based on real-life applications of mathematics.

 

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CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEUROSCIENCE


Neuroscience
Prize-winning neuroscientists, including recipents of the Nobel Prize, discuss their most significant work in this series of 14 one-hour profiles. These interviews were produced by Educational Film Center for the Society for Neuroscience and include such ground breaking scientific moments as the discovery of DNA by Dr. Francis Crick. Each interview and each distinguished neuroscientist provides a fascinating oral history of his life and groundbreaking work.

 

 

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VOICES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION: Then and Now (VOD)

CRDAIn November 2011, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice held a reunion in Washington DC. Guest speakers like Gerald L. Stern, James R. Turner, John M. Rosenberg, Chad Quaintance, Robert Moses, Taylor Branch John Doar, Owen Fiss Patsy Gesell, Jacob Tanzer, Marybeth Martin, Katherine Baldwin and others reminisced about their experiences in Civil Rights cases ranging from the March from Selma to Montgomery, the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman to the sex discrimination case against Virginia Military Academy. All cases were introduced with short videos produced by Educational Film Center.

 

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The Girls Come Marching Home

In her new book, "The Girls Come Marching Home" author Kirsten Holmstedt takes on the subject of military women who recently won the right to join men on the battlefield. As equals, subjected to the same dangers and stresses as men, what responsibilities does the military take on to care of them when they return home? How are they protected from sexual abuse while living in close quarters to their male comrades? Eductional Film Center rarely produces promotions for commercial products. This was one exception because of the nature of the material.

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THE KIPLINGER GALLERY COLLECTION

In 2012, the Historical Society of Washington DC received a unique and priceless collection of Washingtonia consisting of paintings,etchings, photographs, maps and comissioned works once privately owned and displayed only in the offices andhomes of the Kiplinger Family of Washington DC. This eight-minute video previews this collection and invites residents and visitors to the Capital City to view and explore this extraordinary collection at the Kiplinger Gallery, housed inside the Carnegie Library , Washington DC.

 

 

 

 


INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA


VARIATIONS IN LIFE SCIENCE (VOD)

Variations


This 12-part middle-school life science documentary series, with interactive CD-ROM, builds on the natural curiosity of students about the world around them. Exploring topics that range from the makeup and function of their own bodies to the importance of tropical forests, the videos address basic questions: What do we know? How do we know it? How do we use that knowledge? What does this knowedge mean to our everyday life?

 

 

 

 

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SETQuest (VOD)

This full screen, full motion interactive multimedia program provides an exciting introduction to Setquest34 careers in science, engineering and technology, from aerospace engineer to veterinarian. Users freely navigate the CD-ROM, matching their interests to a particular career, spending a day at the workplace with a professional, simulating a career-related activity, making a decision and accessing career information. An alternative linear version offers career profiles in a non-interactive mode.

 

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